Being a writer is as deeply burned into my identity as my DNA. Deeper, in fact. As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a writer professionally. I've spent so much time out of my life writing, and yet, in the past three years, all I've been able to do is bounce back and forth between different projects. I've planned out to small details entire television series, novels, sagas, movies, and more, and yet, I haven't actually written any of it. The last time I wrote something significant was three years ago. Since then, as stated, I've written so many of these outlines, but only as outlines and detailed plots. No scripts or manuscripts or anything of the sort. Short stories and flash fiction, sure, but no major projects.
It's starting to make me feel like I'm lying when I tell people "I'm a writer" when they ask about me.
I used to be so motivated, too. I don't know if I am not motivated or if I'm too scattered and unfocused, or if some other thing is the problem.
My question is this, am I still really a writer? And if so, how can I refocus myself again? I used to be great at keeping my focus, but I must have forgotten how, at some point.
Source: reddit post